Colorado Driver License and Permit Practice Tests

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#1. When your car has an enabled front passenger air bag, a rear-facing infant seat must:

Children less than one year of age, and less than 20 pounds, must be fastened in a rear-facing child restraint system in a rear seat of the vehicle. Never place an infant in a rear-facing child safety seat in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger side air bag.

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#2. When alcohol is consumed with food:

All the alcohol consumed eventually gets into the blood whether you have eaten or not. Food can slow down the absorption of alcohol. Drinking on a full stomach prevents large amounts of alcohol from going to your brain immediately.

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#3. When stopping behind a school bus with red lights flashing, you must stop:

You must stop your vehicle at least 20 feet before reaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing whether it is on your side of the road, the opposite side of the road, or at an intersection you are approaching.

You are not required to stop if the bus is traveling toward you on a roadway that is separated by a median or other physical barrier.

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#4. When you approach a railroad crossing without warning signals, stop signs or crossing gates:

As you approach any railroad crossing, slow down and look up and down the tracks to make sure that no trains are coming. Even if you have never seen a train at that crossing before, do not assume that none are coming.

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#5. When approaching transit buses from behind, you must yield:

Drivers behind a transit bus are required to yield the right-of-way to the bus if the bus, after stopping to allow passengers to board or exit, is signaling to enter a traffic lane and the yield warning sign on the back of the bus is illuminated. These yield signs are a warning to drivers behind transit buses that they are required to yield when the bus is entering a traffic lane.

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#6. When approaching animals that are standing near the roadway:

If there are animals near the roadway, slow down and proceed with extreme caution. Wild animals may bolt or change direction at the last minute.

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#7. A revocation of a driving privilege is the same as:

A revocation is a restraint action that invalidates the driver’s license and revokes the driving privilege.

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#8. Chances of hydroplaning increase:

Chances of hydroplaning increase as speeds increase.

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#9. When you park on a hill headed uphill and there is a curb, you should turn your front wheels:

Headed uphill, turn your front wheels away from the curb (toward the travel lane) and let your vehicle roll back a few inches. The curb will stop the car from rolling anywhere.

Remember, when you park on a hill, the general rule is to turn your wheels sharply towards the side of the road or curb. This way, if your vehicle starts to roll downhill, it will roll away from traffic. However, when headed uphill at a curb, you should turn the front wheels in the opposite direction, away from the curb and towards the road.

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#10. You must obey signals and directions from school crossing guards:

You must obey their directions at all times.

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#11. A truck driver's blind spots are larger on:

A truck’s no-zones or blind spots include: directly in front, directly behind, and along each side of the vehicle – especially on the right side!

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#12. Failing to always signal your intentions before changing lanes, or driving away from a curb:

Failing to signal is a traffic violation.

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#13. Lane-hopping or weaving in and out of traffic:

Unacceptable aggressive driving behavior includes weaving in and out of traffic. Remember, it is dangerous, annoys other drivers, and increases the risk of collision. Slow down and keep pace with other traffic.

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#14. Driving over a bridge may be dangerous in winter because:

Overpasses, bridges, shaded areas and snow packed portions of the road can be icy even when other pavement is not.

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#15. When is it important to turn on your headlights?

Colorado law requires you to drive with your headlights on from sunset to sunrise or when visibility is less than 1,000 feet.

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#16. Which car or cars are best positioned for a right turn on this one-way street?

If you are making a right turn, you must begin in the right-most lane, unless traffic signs, signals or lane markings clearly permit turning from more than one lane. Complete your turn in the lane closest to you on your side of the street.

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#17. Which is one factor that greatly affects your stopping distance?

Your stopping distance will depend upon many factors. Always consider weather, road conditions, and time of day. If the road is slick, the stopping distance required is greatly increased. Worn or bald tires increase your stopping distance. Vehicle weight, speed and condition of brakes are other important factors.

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#18. What do the red areas (3) in the picture mark?

Blind spots are areas around your vehicle that you cannot see in your rear view or side view mirrors.

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#19. You approach a HAWK signal with steady red lights. A pedestrian has crossed the street and is no longer in your path. What should you do?

High Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) signals are for pedestrian crossings. When the signal is black you may proceed cautiously. When a pedestrian activates the signal, it will flash yellow, which means you must slow down and be ready to stop. The light will then turn solid yellow to tell the driver to stop if possible. Then the signal will turn to a solid red, indicating the driver must stop and remain stopped. Finally, the signal will flash red, telling you to stop and yield to pedestrians.

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#20. What does the pavement marking (diamond symbol) in this lane tell you?

Restricted lanes are marked by signs or pavement markings stating that the lane is restricted for special use. There will be a white diamond painted on the road within the lane, and/or a sign posted at the side of the road which specifies its use. The most common use is High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) or carpool lanes. Other examples are transit, bus, or bicycle lanes.

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#21. What does this sign mean?

No U-Turn.

This sign means that you are not allowed to make a U-turn.

A red circle with a red slash mark across a symbol indicates that you should not take a certain course of action.

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#22. This sign means:

Divided Highway Begins. The road is dividing into two separate roadways by a median or divider. Each roadway is one-way. Stay to the right.

Note the difference between divided highway ends and divided highway begins.

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#23. This road sign means:

Y Intersection. The road branches to the right and left ahead. You must bear either right or left.

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#24. What does this sign mean?

Three-sided red yield signs indicate you must slow or stop to yield to all pedestrians and any vehicle with right of way.

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#25. Brown road signs are used for:

Signs with brown backgrounds indicate recreational, historic or cultural areas.

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Colorado DMV Knowledge Test

Quick facts for your Colorado driver license and permit test:

Number of Questions: 25
Correct answers needed: 20
Passing score: 80 percent
Time limit: None
Earliest retest upon failure: 1 day

Prepare for the Colorado Permit Examination

The permit examination has 25 multiple-choice and true-or-false questions. You need 20 correct answers to pass the examination (80%).

Your test questions are randomly picked from a larger group of questions, which means that you don’t know which questions you will get. The more you practice, the better chances you have of passing the test the first time.

If you fail the knowledge examination, you can try again the next business day. With just minor errors, that may be an acceptable strategy, but having 6 or more errors on the test means you missed a large portion of the exam. It is perhaps better to wait a few more days and read the Driver Handbook again.

Everything you need to learn for the exam is in the handbook, so don’t forget to get a hard copy or download the PDF file   to your computer or smartphone.

This Colorado driver license test has 25 questions, just like the real permit exam. It covers everything you need to learn to pass.

Practice tests should always be an additional learning tool when preparing for the permit test, not a replacement for the handbook. Some websites suggest that you can pass the test by just studying practice tests and cheat sheets, which is a bad strategy. Use both sample tests and the handbook, and you will have a much better chance of passing your examination the first time.

Read more about risky study tactics that could cause you to fail

Is the Colorado DMV Permit Test Hard?

Moderate - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

The latest numbers show that almost one third of all test takers fail the examination. It means that the difficulty is moderate to hard.

It is, however, suggested that the test has become easier in recent years.

Colorado Instruction Permit – Under 18 years

These are the requirements to get your first permit as a teenager:

  Be at least 15 years
  Present a completed “Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship”
  Prove full legal name, age, identity, and Colorado residency
  Prove lawful presence in United States (if applicable)
  Pass a vision exam
  Pass the written knowledge exam

  Additional Requirements for permit issuance at 15 years to 16 years:

Permit issued at 15-15 1/2 years, license at 16-16 1/2 years:

  • 30-hour driver’s education course completed within six months prior to permit issuance
  • 6 hours behind the wheel training with an instructor after permit issuance

Permit issued at 15 1/2-16 years, license at 16 1/2-17 years:

  • 4-hour classroom driver awareness program completed within six months prior to permit issuance



Colorado Instruction Permit – 18 years or older

These are the requirements to get your first permit as an adult:

  Be at least 18 years
  Prove full legal name, age, identity, and Colorado residency
  Prove lawful presence in United States (if applicable)
  Pass a vision exam
  Pass the written knowledge exam

After You Pass the Knowledge Examination

After you have provided the necessary documents and passed both the vision exam and the knowledge test, you may start practice driving.

If you are under 18 years, you can drive with a licensed driving instructor or any licensed adult 21 years or older. You must complete and log 50 hours of driving time, of which 10 hours must be at night. Note that only the person who sign the affidavit can certify your driving log.

Your First Colorado Driver License – Under 18 Years

These are the requirements to get your first Colorado driver license as a teenager:

  Hold your permit for at least 1 year
  Provide a certified log of at least 50 hours driving practice
  Pass the vision exam (again)
  Successfully pass driving test

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Your First Colorado Driver License – 18 years or older

These are the requirements to get your first Colorado license as an adult:

  Pass the vision exam (again)
  Successfully pass driving test

If you are 18 years or older, there is no minimum time you must hold your permit before you can apply for a driver license.

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